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COURTS   OF   PARIS,   NAPLES,   ETC.                143

delicious moments, by affording me an opportunity
of serving and obliging. I am not one of those
who think there is no gratitude in man; on the
contrary, I am persuaded, from my own experience,
that there Is a great deal of it in the world. The
almost sole pleasure of my present situation is the
power of rendering de petits services, and sometimes
very essential ones, to the persons who ask for
them.

I wish I had time to take a trip to St. Ger-
main, to see poor Basile, who writes me word—
"When you saw me last I was working for pleasure
in my garden, and now it Is for a livelihood; it is
my only support/' The tears fell from my cheeks
as I read his letter, so full of onction and of cordial
affection.

To return to Major Gall, whom I have left
in a Shandying style. I think our friends, al solito,
have taken him en grippe, because he Is now poor.
His fortune was placed in France, and then came
the deluge, which swept all fortunes from the face
of the earth. He is cheerful, grateful, sensible and
well-informed—que voulez vous de plus?

I do not suppose any of my letters can mis-
carry; but as I write a regular account of every-
thing (faute $ amusement) 9 p ay acknowledge their
receipt.